Congress Passes Short-Term Highway Funding Extension; House Expected To Take Up Long-Term Measure This Week
Last week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a bill, H.R. 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, which extends authorization for federal highway programs through Nov. 20, 2015. Both chambers passed the legislation on voice votes and President Barack Obama signed the measure on Thursday.
This week, the House will take up a long-term, six-year reauthorization of highway programs called the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. As part of its deliberations, the chamber will consider several amendments to the legislation. The list of amendments could possibly include an effort to end the U.S. ban on oil exports and to incorporate the Safe Trucking Act into the broader bill. (Click here to read about MSCI’s efforts to pass the Safe Trucking Act.) On Monday evening, the House Rules Committee will determine which amendments will be considered.
MSCI supports a long-term highway reauthorization and is working with its various coalitions to ensure passage of this bill. As a reminder, the Senate passed a six-year highway reauthorization bill this past summer.